What’s Changing My Life For The Better?

It has been a long journey! I repeat: It has been a LONG JOURNEY! I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to lose weight. I wanted to exercise. I wanted to feel better, BUT I did not want to exercise. It was as if I expected the weight to just miraculously fall off! Yes, I am laughing about that too.

June 2017 came and something miraculous DID happen. I was on a trip out of town. I started walking in the parking lot of the hotel. I used the step counter on my phone to clock 10,000 steps. I was amazed that the time had gone by so quickly and that I ACTUALLY felt better after my walk. So….the next day came and I walked. Amazing! Two days in a row. That may not seem like a lot, but for someone who would start and stop, start and stop, this was a MAJOR accomplishment.I would half-heartedly exercise throughout the years, but it had not made an impact. It had not become a habit. I spoke defeat. I spoke against anything positive about being active. Many of my friends had offered to walk or exercise with me. Yes, I would start out and go for a while; however, I lacked consistency until that day in June. I have had a gym membership for over a year. I would go to Yoga classes about once or twice a month, go get in the pool for a short time, but again, there was no frequency.

Once I returned home, I started going to an hour-long fitness class: 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights or stretching. BOY, when I leave, I feel like I can conquer the world. So it has been three months and a week and I am still going strong. That may not seem like much, but I have a reason to be thankful. My outward results are not visible, but my mental state is getting better. O.K. No judgement here. Smile.

God spared my life so that I could take care of the temple. God has given me another chance to share with others the importance of properly taking care of our bodies. God has blessed me with an opportunity to de-stress! God has blessed me to meet other people who have been exercising for many, many years.

My life is changing for the BETTER! I have not arrived. This is a journey and I am going to keep putting my workout clothes and tennis shoes on!

I know some people have been on the fitness journey for many years. Many years from now, I will be able to look back and say, “WOW, my life changed for the better when I started exercising.”

In the process, I am learning to encourage myself. There are times that I have not carved out time in my schedule to exercise, but I am teaching myself that I cannot let those days add up and I cannot allow the negative thoughts to creep in and discourage me.